Daily Archives: March 28, 2012

Is That You, Petunia?

Okay, readers. If you’re a gardening pro, know a gardening pro or follow a gardening blog, please pass this along in order to help me determine exactly what this plant is.

Late in the summer of 2008, Motor Man and I were in Cambridge, Maryland for a boat race. We stopped at a little convenience store, which had a few leftover scraggly-looking plants for sale at reduced prices. Being the sucker amateur gardener that I am, I purchased one wimpy plant and probably paid $1, maybe $2, for it. I think my purchase was based solely on my sympathy for this pitiful little plant, which looked like a petunia.

But I was hopeful, and came home and plopped it in the ground. It did well the remainder of the season, and to my surprise, returned the following spring. This picture was taken in September of 2009, when my friend’s daughter was married in our yard. See that pink “petunia” just to the right of the bride?

The next spring, there was the little petunia again. This picture was taken in August of 2010. What’s extra nice about Petunia is that the deer and rabbits pay her no attention.

This was Petunia in April of 2011.

I realized a few weeks ago, that, because of our mild winter this year, Petunia stayed green the entire winter. By looking at these pictures taken last week, it appears that, not only did she stay green, but she grew quite a bit as well.  As you can see, Petunia is now well over five feet in width.

At her highest point, she’s almost 18 inches tall.

I’ve taken pictures to my local garden center and talked with the experts there. Petunia has them stumped. They aren’t familiar with a perennial petunia, which is what this appears to be.

If you find out, please let me know. I’d like about a dozen more, preferably at $1 each.